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April 09, 2009 - Hospice Provides Soup for the Soul

What: Annual support event for Porter and St. Anthony Hospice Programs

Where: Sheraton Denver Hotel, Downtown

When: Thursday, April 9, 2009

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Honoree(s): Donn Eley

EMCEE: Kim Christiansen

Catering: Restaurants providing scrumptious samples: alto, Baur’s Ristorante, Bistro Vendome, Blue Point Bakery, Dazzle Restaurant, Elway's Cherry Creek, Fruition, Japon, Lola, Mel's Bar & Grill, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Palm, Panera Bread, Panzano, Pesce Fresco, Rioja, San Lorenzo Ristorante, Steuben’s Food Service, Table 6, Vesta Dipping Grill

Sponsors: 5280 Magazine and KOSI 101

Menu: Soup

Board of Directors: RMAHF Board: Ken Bacon, James Boyle, Gary Campbell, Erin Denholm, Terry Forde, Randy Haffner, Todd Inglee, Karen Johnson, Stephen King, Kris Ordelheide, Esq., Darrell Shulte, chair, John Sackett, Tamra Ward, Eric Wolverton

 Erin Denholm, left, and Gary Campbell (CEO Centura Health)
Erin Denholm, left, and Gary Campbell (CEO Centura Health)

This year's 2009 scrumptous Soup for the Soul fundraiser was a must attend, with creative and tasty soups.  Large mugs were filled to the rim with the savory broths, in combination with tasty morsels of sushi and finger food to raise funds for the Metro Denver Hospice.
The Soup for the Soul fundraiser was first held in 2000 to help support the patients and families of Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice. In 2008, Soup for the Soul raised over $225,000 for hospice. Funds raised at the annual event support charity care and hospice services not reimbursed by the Medicare Hospice Benefit including spiritual care, bereavement services and volunteer coordination.
Over 25 Soup for the Soul committee members work tirelessly for eight months to plan and coordinate the event. The committee of hospice volunteers, community members and staff volunteer their time to support Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice.
This year, local restaurants (see list below) participated in Soup for the Soul, offering their soups, appetizers, bread and desserts to over 800 guests. Local artists also give to the event by donating their beautiful pottery, framed artwork, jewelry and blown glass pieces for silent auction. This year, four local artists were featured at the event, including John Fielder, Rita Derjue, Linda Bandt-Law and Lane Dukart.

The Soup for the Soul Award of Courage began five years ago to recognize courage in the face of adversity. This award honors people who have handled themselves with grace and dignity and who have inspired others along the way. Donn Eley, this year's recipient, has spent the last 20 years of his life honoring the spirit of his son Brent by helping kids like him. Donn Eley is the very definition of courage and strength.  Go to his web site to learn more.

Soup Restaurants
Arapahoe Douglas Career and Technical School
Bistro Vendome
Lola Coastal Mexican Cuisine
Mel’s Bar & Grill
The Palm 
Panzano Restaurant
Peak View Café
Pesce Fresco
Stueben’s Food Service
Table 6
Vesta Dipping Grill

Desserts Provided By
Baur's Ristorante/Footer’s Catering
Blue Point Bakery

*The following restaurants were not able to make the rescheduled Soup for the Soul date, but we greatly thank them for their support: 
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Elway’s Cherry Creek, Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, San Lorenzo, Panera Bread and Fruition. (Mother Nature threw a kink in the original date for 2009 Soup for the Soul).

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